Cheerful football fans are expected to watch the first football tournament after nine months since football activities were banned in July-2014 at the Blue Field in Monrovia.Today at 2:00pm on the Blue Field in the PHP Community, local football giant, BYC I would host Nimba United in the opener of Group A of the Coca-Cola Top 8 Tournament. In the second derby, Mighty Barrolle, (the Kanyan Pepper Boys) are expected to rub shoulders with LISCR FC at 4:00pm. On Saturday, FC Fassell will host NPA Anchors at 2:00pm in the Group B and IE and Aries will play at 4:00pm. The clash of the titans would be on Sunday, with BYC I and LISCR FC fighting for the top; while Mighty Barrolle and Nimba United will lock horns. Fans are expected to throng the stadium with red, blue, yellow and green shirts and flags. Prior to the opener there will be a formal program. Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe is expected to be in attendance.The 8-day tournament is expected to run from today to Friday, May 8. The winner is expected to pocket US$2,000 and a trophy, while the runner-up would receive US$1,000.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
It was something No. 1 Lakers fan Jack Nicholson once screamed at Tom Cruise in a moment of movie-quote lore. But don’t believe it. We can handle the truth. “World’s Fastest Indian” (“Based on One Hell of a True Story.”) Based on all that, no wonder we should be conditioned once we commit ourselves to a darkened theater that anything close to this thing being considered a documentary is purely coincidental. The mind game becomes going scene to scene trying to figure out what really occurred. Really, if the movie was good enough to make in the first place because of a real series of events, why not keep it real? Or are we too na ve to think that some things are too trite to be true? “It’s a tough call, but I think I understand what the filmmakers are up against,” said Randy Williams, the Santa Monica-based author of the recently released “Sports Cinema: 100 Movies, The Best of Hollywood’s Athletic Heroes, Losers, Myths and Misfits” (448 pages, Limelight Editions, $24.95). The first issue, thankfully, seems to be making things look as authentic as possible. No more Tony Perkins as Jimmy Piersall, or we’ll all go insane. After that, time is of the essence. “Film will always have a time problem because it can’t explore a story like a novel,” Williams said. “A sports movie could easily be a miniseries if they don’t condense characters.” Tell that to Sandy Bianchini. She’s the ex-wife of Vince Papale. Not the one who threw him out of the house early in the movie “Invincible.” That would be his first ex-wife. Bianchini was his spouse from `77 to `83 who already had a 9-year-old son and supported Papale through his Philadelphia Eagles tryout, short playing career and afterward. But she’s the wife you don’t see in the movie. Janet Cantrell, the barmaid played by Elizabeth Banks who ends up marrying him, is actually Papale’s third (and current) wife. “How can a movie be made, a true story about Vince’s climb, without his family being acknowledged?” Bianchini asked in a letter sent to various media outlets when the movie came out last August. “I have no control over the creative liberties taken in making the film,” Papale replied when reporters asked about her complaint. This is the same Papale, a former World Football League receiver who had actually been invited to the open tryout instead of just walking off the street, who won’t even cop to the fact that he never really returned a fumbled punt for a touchdown as shown in the film’s glorious climax (it was called back because the punt returner muffed it). In “Gridiron Gang,” do you ever recall seeing a story about a shooting at a Camp Kilpatrick football game that nearly forced the team to bow out of the CIF playoffs? Maybe because it didn’t happen. In “Glory Road,” don’t officials at Texas A&M University-Commerce have a right to ask the Disney corporation and filmmaker Jerry Bruckheimer to apologize for inaccurately linking their school to some of the film’s most racially charged scenes involving the 1966 Texas Western basketball team’s run to the NCAA title? Maybe this issue funnels into the fact that to us, it was the group of excellent sports docs that stood out as the heroes of the silver screen in ’06. “Heart Of The Game” made us care about a real girl, Darneila Russell. “Once In A Lifetime” made us mesmerized about how the NewYork Cosmos were put together for the greater good of American soccer. “In The Crease” made us understand youth hockey. All for real. No rewrites. “To be honest, when someone tells me about a sports movie, I don’t ask who the filmmakers are or the actors in it – just tell me the story,” says Williams, a UCLA grad that once was a researcher at Fox Sports. “If that interests me, and the story was entertaining, I may go back after watching the movie and ask, `Did that really happen?”‘ In some cases, no. Honestly, maybe the best policy in this case would be to take every screenwriter’s sports dramatic license and revoke it. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Consider these top sports flicks from a year ago, along with the fine print that was included somewhere on each movie poster: “Glory Road” (“Based on a true story.”) “Gridiron Gang” (“Based on a true story.”) “We Are Marshall” (“A true story.”) “Invincible” (“Inspired by the true story of Vince Papale.”) And truth be told, we’re not sure we got the clich “110 percent” of it with the lot of best sports films from 2006. On the night when Ellen DeGeneres generously tosses around Oscar statues like Roger The Peanut Man slinging Goobers at Dodger Stadium, the thing that has really been making us nuts lately is how more scriptwriters for sports-themed movies have decided they’ve got something better in their heads, and they aren’t held more accountable for the revisionist history and fact twisting that violates the trust of the public.